William Toohey accepts the ARTBA Award. (Luiza Carson photo)

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA 

William D. Toohey, Jr., a long-time ARTBA senior executive, received the organization’s highest honor, the “ARTBA Award,” during the May 14 ARTBA Foundation Awards Luncheon at the Federal Issues Program in Washington, D.C.

Toohey, who retired in April as ARTBA executive vice president and COO, was recognized for 34 years of leadership and executive management of the government relations, policy, member services, and marketing functions. Read a profile of Bill’s career from the March-April issue of Transportation Builder magazine.

In his acceptance remarks, Toohey thanked his wife, Mary; former ARTBA CEO Pete Ruane and the association staff; and the industry leaders who served as ARTBA chairmen during his tenure.

“What I’ve really missed after just a month of retirement is the people,” Toohey said. “I hope our paths will cross again in the future.”

Established in 1960, the ARTBA Award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions that have advanced the broad goals of the association. Over the years, recipients have included several governors, more than 25 U.S. senators or representatives, two U.S. transportation secretaries, and dozens of top leaders and executives from government and the private sector of the transportation construction industry.